Genres - Pop
Trey Songz Staves Off Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith; Robin Thicke Pulls Off Impressive Mathematical Accomplishment
Things have calmed down a little on the Billboard 200 after three straight weeks featuring new releases topping more than 150,000 in opening week sales. Trey Songz still managed to set a high bar with his new album Trigga, which sold 105,000 copies while taking the no. 1 spot last week. It's a drop from his last release, Chapter V, but you can't complain about debuting in the top spot.
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Despite a high number of new releases making the Top 10 this week (five, including Songz), two holdovers from last week managed to take positions nos. 2 and 3. Ed Sheeran broke 200,000 last week with x, but he'll settle for an additional 53,000 in sales this week, enough for second place. Sam Smith stayed one place behind his fellow Brit, moving another 45,000 copies of In The Lonely Hour.
The second new release of this week comes from Seether, which managed to sell 37,000 copies of Isolate and Medicate, which earned the band the no. 4 spot. Still, that's about 40 percent less than the rock group's last album took in its first week.
Frozen maintains its force on the Billboard 200 as it remained within the Top 5 for the 28th straight week. This also marks the 30th straight week that the soundtrack has stayed in the Top 10. Stay tuned for the next two weeks to see if the album, mainly fueled by Idina Menzel and "Let It Go," can hit 30 weeks in the Top 5.
Magic! also generated a fair amount of sales based on one song, as Don't Kill The Magic debuted at no. 6 riding on the tails of the band's no. 2 single "Rude." The album itself moved 36,000 copies. Miranda Lambert and Platinum stayed nestled in the Top 10, settling at no. 7 with 25,000 copies sold. Lana Del Rey and Ultraviolence were just under 25,000 in sales, being barely edged by Lambert.
The final pair of debuts round out this week's Top 10. Robin Thicke may have done better at home than in the UK, but Paula's 24,000 in sales was an 87 percent drop in sales from his last album Blurred Lines, which was released just last year. He can only hope that Paula Patton was one of those buyers. Thicke took no. 9 and countryman Colt Ford came in at no. 10 with Thanks for Listening, which sold 23,000 copies.